July-August are months full of festivals for the Sindhi community. Important ones being thadri, nag panchami, rakhi, teejri and janamashtami. Nandhi satain or choti thadri which comes after Nag Panchami.Vaddi Satain/Badi satain or 'badi thadri' comes after 7th day after Rakshabandhan.It is also called as saatam aatham or basoda in Gujarat & Rajasthan. This is an important Sindhi festival. We celebrate this festival just a day before Janamashtami. This day we pray to Goddess Jogmaya or Sheetla mata for good health and prosperity.
What do we do on thadri?
Thaar maata Thaar is a popular folk song with this festival. Mothers sing this prayer for the safety of kids from deadly diseases like small pox, chicken pox and measles. We do chanda by sprinkling milk. Small mitha lolo balls are placed in sieve after putting sindoor on it. It is kept on the small child's head. Some drops of milk are sprinkled on the lola, as a gesture to cool the ailment down.
What are other Sindhi rituals for satam atham?
We also observe ‘Thado’.It means we consume cold food that day.We do not light the stove on saatam aatham as a mark of respect.We worship the stove as a source of fire and one who enables us to eat food. Hence, food is cooked a day earlier. So many dishes are cooked, that you do not miss having anything hot the next day. Sanna pakoda,mirch pakoda,chauthe,besani, koki,dal ja parantha,lola. We also make matho, dahi boondi, satpuras,nijji palak, etc.We also eat Dahi bade and other milk based sweets like peda,kheer,khorak etc.
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